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NY-512 Troy/Rensselaer County Continuum of Care

Rensselaer County Homeless Services Collaborative (RCHSC)

CARES serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the Rensselaer Continuum of Care (CoC) and partners with Rensselaer's community members and local organizations to manage an effective Continuum.


Membership in RCHSC will be open to individuals and organizations committed to ending homelessness in Rensselaer County.  At least annually, the RCHSC will issue a public invitation for new members.

The RCHSC will endeavor to include members of all relevant organizations in the covered counties, including but not limited to: nonprofit homeless assistance providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, housing advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, organizations that serve veterans, and homeless or formerly homeless individuals.

Organizations can have more than one member.  In such instances, the organization will pay only one dues fee and will have one vote.

Rensselaer County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness: Rensselaer-County-Plan-to-End-Homelessness

Strategic Plan: RCHS SPC – Plan- 4.17

RCHSC Letter of Support Policy and Procedure: RCHSC LOS Policy and Procedure

RCHSC Committee Chair Election Process

Data & Goals Committee:

APR Waiver Form: RCHSC – APR Waiver

Rensselaer County Coordinated Entry

The Coordinated Entry process in Rensselaer is designed to streamline access to homeless services. The Coordinated Entry Committee is a policy-based committee that works to design and implement HUD requirements and community priorities for the CE system in Rensselaer County. The Coordinated Entry Review Team meets regularly to review applications, case conference, and make referrals for housing opportunities in Rensselaer County.

For more information, please contact or contact any of the participating providers listed within the indexes on the RCHSC Coordinated Entry Page.  Click the button below to access all RCHSC Coordinated Entry Documents


Rensselaer County HSC Board

The Board shall implement the RCHSC mission and purpose, including setting objectives and place for the achievement of the RCHSC purpose and mission, implementing HUD Continuum of Care requirements, selecting applicants, the collaborative applicant or unified funding agency and HMIS lead, designing and implementing a collaborative process for the development, submission and approval of the annual application for HUD funding and ensure that planning, systems development and implementation and program performance reviews occur in a collaborative and constructive manner.

Board Members

Kevin O’ Connor, Chair
Executive Director, Joseph’s House & Shelter Inc

Wendy Wahlberg, Co-Chair
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY

Christopher Burke, Treasurer
Executive Director, Unity House

Sondra Young, Secretary
Director of Supported Housing & Compliance, Catholic Charities Housing Office

Starletta Smith
Interim Executive Director, YWCA of Greater Capital Region

Donna Elia
Troy Area United Ministries

Thomas E. Hulihan
Troy Housing Authority

Tracy Pitcher
St. Paul’s Center

Geoffrey Raiti
Soldier On


Board Slate 2017-2018

Outreach Committee: This Committee is responsible for conducting an annual Point-In-Time Count, assisting the Collaborative Applicant in preparing and submitting the Continuum of Care application, conducting homeless awareness activities, participate in local planning, and any other activities identified and voted on by the membership.

Coordinated Entry Committee: This committee is responsible for creating the coordinated entry process in Rensselaer County. It reviews all stages of the assessment, referral, application, vacancy posting and acceptance/denial processes.

Data and Goals Committee: This committee is responsible for the review and discussion of HMIS data quality issues, while working with the HMIS System Administrator to ensure proper and effective HMIS policies and procedures; the review of program performance; the review the previous year’s Continuum of Care application (NOFA), annual Housing Inventory, and the Continuum of Care’s performance relative to its goals. Two representatives from this Committee will take part in the quarterly HMIS Advisory Committee meetings.

Rensselaer County Veterans Challenge to End Homelessness Committee: This committee is responsible for utilizing comprehensive outreach and engagement strategies to identify Veterans experiencing homelessness. The Committee also works hand in hand with Coordinated Entry to ensure that Veterans are prioritized and housed appropriately.

NOFA/Applications Committee: This committee  is responsible for creating the coordinated entry process in Rensselaer County. It reviews all stages of the assessment, referral, application, vacancy posting and acceptance/denial processes

HMIS Advisory Committe: The purpose of this Committee is to work with the HMIS Data Administrator to ensure that all HMIS policies and procedures are meeting HUD standards and are being properly enforced.

Strategic Planning Committee: The Committee is responsible for the review, preparation, and formulation of the Rensselaer County plan to end homelessness with respect to system planning, review of data, needs, and gaps in the overall implementation and coordination of the housing and service system regularly conducts outreach to community stakeholders and analyzes data related to community needs and assets. The Committee reports to the Board on this progress.

Capital Region Advisory Committee on Youth Homelessness
This committee spans over multiple CoC’s with a mission to provide leadership, develop, advocate, and coordinate community strategies to accurately count homeless youth.